Details of the Huckabee immigration plan that I mentioned a few days ago have been released by the campaign. It’s a 9-point plan partially modeled on an approach outlined by Mark Kirkorian of the Center for Immigration studies. It calls for building a fence, increasing border security, and enforcing the law on employers. Huckabee also comes out against amnesty, with a plan that would require any illegal immigrant to register with the INS before leaving the country. If they do so, they won’t face a penalty if they return to their home country and apply for legal entry into the United States. If they don’t leave voluntarily and are caught, they will be barred from future reentry into the U.S. for 10 years. The plan also argues that creating a FairTax would provide a disincentive to immigrate illegally. The remaining points of the plan are: “Empower Local Authorities,” “Ensure Document Security,” “Discourage Dual Citizenship,” and “Modernize the Process of Legal Immigration.” Such “modernization” includes eliminating the visa lottery for adult siblings of U.S. citizens, increasing visas for high-skilled laborers, and expiditing processing for those who served honorably in the military.
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